Crews Battle Fire at Abandoned Church Rectory

Wednesday, Oct 13, 2010  |  Updated 11:13 PM CDT
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Crews Battle Fire at Abandoned Church Rectory

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Firefighters were on the scene Wednesday night of an extra-alarm fire at the rectory of an abandoned church in Chicago's Grand Crossing neighborhood.

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Firefighters were on the scene Wednesday night of an extra-alarm fire at the rectory of an abandoned church in Chicago's Grand Crossing neighborhood.

The fire started about 7:45 p.m. in the Imani House, the rectory for the unoccupied St. Laurence Church at 1300 E. 72nd St., Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said.

The blaze, which was elevated to a second alarm, was contained to the second floor and attic area of the large 2 ½-story brick building, Langford said. The brick building is connected to the church through a breezeway, but the blaze did not travel through the walkway and the church abandoned church is unaffected by the fire.

At 8:45 p.m., firefighters remained on the scene battling the blaze and no flames were showing from the rectory, which appeared to be abandoned as well and had a "No Trespassing" sign.

One firefighter was injured but was taken in good condition to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center.  The cause of the fire is unknown.

The church building has been closed since 2002.

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